Entries from March 2012

Anatomy of an Outfit: Navy Blazer and Gold Buttons

March 9, 2012

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As I was graduating design school in 2004 my professors told us that to get a job we would need to invest in a navy blazer with gold buttons. They told the guys to wear red ties and us ladies to always wear our hair up to be perceived as professional.

So, here I am. Professional.

Blazer – JCPenney’s
Tank – F21
Husband Jeans – Jeremy’s – Gap
Shoes – Michael Kors
Watch – Casio

OKC Rental

March 8, 2012

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Jeremy and I recently closed on another rental property here in Oklahoma City. Before I list it elsewhere I thought I would offer it to my J&K readers first!

This cute little 1930s abode is nestled between historical Linwood, Crestwood and Miller historical neighborhoods. It is biking distance to OCU and the Plaza District.

• 2918 NW 17th Street, OKC
• 1200 sq. ft.
• Wood floors / tile
• 2 bed / 1 bath
• Central Heat & Air
• Large bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower
• Gorgeous backyard & deck
• Separate studio (though it needs a little work)
• Lots of storage & a walk-in closet
• Fireplace & wet bar
• W/D hookups
• Lawn maintenance included
• Gas / Electric / Cable / Water & Garbage not included in rent
• Well behaved pets okay with pet deposit
• But no smoking allowed
• Plus, we’re awesome landlords

The place will be available by April 1. You can see more photos here.

We’re listing at $850/month. Please email or call Vicki at vshannon50@cox.net or (405) 659-9809 for more details or to arrange to see the space in person.

P.S. We’ll have another super cute property available on May 1 as well.

P.P.S. I have to give a shout-out to our awesome Realtor Simon Shingleton. You may recognize his fabulous wife Rachel from Pencil Shavings.

Hiring help.

March 7, 2012

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Lately, I’ve had this ability to stretch and expand time. To somehow get it all done in a day.

But then I noticed my days are 12 hours long.

Lately, Jeremy and I have been waking up at 5:30AM – he’s been working long hours lately too. And lately I’ve been pouring myself into my work: branding and workshop planning and big picture dreaming and step-by-step strategizing and daily grinding. Sometimes it feels like work but lately it feels like life. Lately the work has been fueled by passion for doing what I love. And when I’m not working I’m reading about working. I’m reading Seth Godin and Jonathan Fields and Steven Pressfield.

So the other morning, after Jeremy kissed me goodbye but long before my coworkers would walk through the door, I found myself at the break of dawn, in my pink robe with red lips, cleaning the kitchen. I wiped down the surfaces and found myself obsessed with getting the knobs on the stove clean. I could have gone all day and the house needed it – clumps of cat fur at the edge of every base board and dust on every surface. Out of necessity and consideration for my coworkers I cleaned the bathroom. It was a lot less glamorous than getting deep cleaning the knobs on the stove.

That’s when I decided I need help. And that’s when it dawned on me that I don’t have to do it all. Cleaning for catharsis or as a way to procrastinate is one thing – but that kind of mood only strikes when the stars are aligned just so – maybe once every 6 months. And there are only so many hours in the day. And with Jeremy working long days lately I’ve realized just how much he does to keep the house in order – and that’s not entirely fair to him either.

So with that I’ve decided to hire a housekeeper. This decision comes with a little voice in my head that rolls its eyes and says you don’t even have kids – how dare you think it’s hard to keep up with your own home you spoiled little shit. There are people in the world who don’t even have homes! And along side that I kind of feel like a failure for not being able to do it all myself. But feelings and mean internal dialogue aside – my house has has fur in the corners and dust on every surface. I have a need for a clean home that I am not able to meet. So I’m willing and able to pay someone else to help me meet this need. Done.

Do you all over-analyze whether or not to hire help when it comes to keeping the house clean? Or is it just me?

And P.S. If you live in the OKC metro area and have recommendations for a great housekeeper let me know!

Indie Shopography Workshop for Small Creative Businesses

March 6, 2012

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After receiving lots of great feedback from the survey Emily and I have decided to host a 1-day workshop in Austin, TX on Monday, May 21st and a 2-day workshop in Dallas, TX. We need at least 12 participants for Austin and 12 for Dallas in order for it to happen. So sign up!

GET SOME BRAND CLARITY:
• Find a succinct way to tell your friends & family what you do
• Bridge the gap between the brands you love and your own identity
• Identify your dream customer (more niche means more impact)
• Balance your past experience with your big picture vision
• Blending professional with personal
• Leveraging your blog and other social media platforms
• And more!

AND GET YOUR SHOP ONLINE:
• Determine your website needs
• How to choose the right Content Management System
• Price your products for selling online
• Understanding payment processors
• The basics of Search Engine Optimization
• The importance of website maintenance
• And more!

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The 1-day workshop in Austin will be $325 for lots of sharing, hands-on worksheets, instruction, and more sharing.
• Monday, May 21, 2012 from 9am – 5pm (the Monday after the Renegade Craft Fair)
• We’re still looking for the perfect location

Reserve your spot for the Indie Shopography Austin Workshop HERE.

Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your reservation, there will be no refund. It will be your responsibility to find someone to take your place.
There is a minimum number of 12 students that must sign up for this workshop to be possible. If we don’t get 12 students by April 6th, class will be cancelled. When we receive the minimum number of students, we will email you with the happy news. Please wait until you receive this email before booking any travel arrangements. Travel arrangements made before the class reaches it’s minimum of 12 students is not our responsibility, and will not be refunded.

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The 2-day workshop in Dallas will be $500 for lots of sharing, hands-on worksheets, instruction, and more sharing.
• Saturday & Sunday, June 9th & 10th, 2012 from 9am – 5pm
• We’re still looking for the perfect location

Reserve your spot for the Indie Shopography Dallas Workshop HERE.

Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your reservation, there will be no refund. It will be your responsibility to find someone to take your place.
There is a minimum number of 12 students that must sign up for this workshop to be possible. If we don’t get 12 students by April 13th, class will be cancelled. When we receive the minimum number of students, we will email you with the happy news. Please wait until you receive this email before booking any travel arrangements. Travel arrangements made before the class reaches it’s minimum of 12 students is not our responsibility, and will not be refunded.

A Story About A Flat Tire

March 5, 2012

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I did it to myself really. You see, Friday, February 17th, on a dark and stormy afternoon, I went to pick up Liz from the airport. And as I was hopping on to the highway I thought:

“Gee. It would really suck if I got a flat tire today.”

Way to put it out there into the universe, Kathleen. Or maybe it was just an intuitive premonition. Because about 5 minutes after picking up Liz I was going 70mph in the far left lane when I heard a “POP!” followed by a wobble wobble. I immediately pulled over – sheltered by an overpass and checked out the damage. A flat and shredded tire.

So I turned on my hazards and called Jeremy. I told him I got a flat and he asked me where I was. I wasn’t sure so I made my iPhone tell me. Then he said something like “Okay. Well… change it.” And that’s when I had to tell him my darkest secret: I don’t know how to change a flat tire.

Yup. It’s true. Miss I-Want-To-Be-A-Post-Apocalyptic-Badass can be immobilized by something like a flat tire. So Jeremy calls Triple A (or Three As as my grandma-in-law likes to call it) and about 20 minutes later a man who smells like cigars and whiskey shows up to help this damsel in distress. Oh. I should also note here that at least 3 police officers drove by offering zero assistance. Nice.

So while the nice (and maybe drunk man) changes my tire Liz and I wander farther under the overpass to find this:
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At first we weren’t sure what was going on here. It’s some sort of bird with mammal legs. Liz thought an Eagle had attacked a rabbit and they died together on the side of the highway. I thought maybe a serial killer had Frankensteined dog legs on to a hawk’s body. Then we realized it was an owl.

So to add insult to injury now I’m being confronted with how not badass I am by not plucking feathers from this owl carcass to turn into post-apocalyptic jewelry – or better yet – a post-apocalyptic bikini. Instead I’m disturbed.

Before I know it the flat tire is changed and when I get home I can tell that Jeremy is disappointed and frustrated that I don’t know a necessary life skill such as changing a flat tire.

So yesterday he taught me how:
1. On level ground place your car in park and put your emergency break on.
2. Locate your tools (a jack, wrench and spare tire)
3. BEFORE jacking the car up loosen the lug nuts (remember lefty loosy righty tighty) – you may need to jump on the wrench to loosen
4. Then jack the car up. Refer to the owners manual for correct placement. This is surprisingly easier than I thought it would be.
5. Now continue to remove the lug nuts. The tire will come right off.
6. Now this is the hard part – get the spare tire on and line up the holes for the lug nuts. It took me a couple tries but I finally got it. (Meanwhile, the neighbors were wondering why Jeremy was making his sweet lil’ lady change a tire all by herself.)
7. Put the lug nuts back onto the wheel in a star pattern. Tighten them as much as you can with your fingers.
8. Lower the car and remove the jack.
9. Use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can (right tighty) – you may need to stand on the wrench here to get them tight enough.
10. Put the flat and your tools back in the car.

And I have to admit – I felt a little more badass after changing a tire all by myself.

Do you guys have any interesting flat tire stories? Do you know how to change a tire? But more importantly – do you think I should go back for the owl carcass?

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